Eka Pada Rajakapotasana or One-Legged King Pigeon Pose is an asana that is performed in the seated position, this is an advanced pose. This helps to open up the chest and also strengthens the back and groin.
Benefits of Eka Pada Rajakapotasana
This pose stimulates the internal organs, stretches the buttocks deeply, the groin and the psoas (which is in the abdominal cavity and in the anterior part of the thigh). Relieves sciatic pain, helps with urinary disorders, offers emotional release and helps eliminate stress from the body.
Step by Step:
- Extend the right leg behind you and bend the left knee so that the left foot is close to your right pelvic bone with the pointed foot.
- Lean forward so that your chest stands out. Place your hands on the ground to maintain balance. Bring your right arm behind you and point your palm towards the ceiling. Twist the torso and head to the right.
- Bend the back leg so that your foot is pointing towards the ceiling. Hold the foot with your right hand. You can also help with a belt to hold the foot or keep the back leg stretched.
- Bring your right elbow closer to your side. Make sure you’re still holding your foot.
- Stretch your left arm and hold the foot with that hand too. Tilt your head back so that the top of your head touches the right foot. Hold the position for 3 to 5 breaths.
- After you are in this pose for some seconds , lean forward and release resting your forehead on the ground.
- This pose is not recommended for people with serious injuries of the neck, back or in the sacroiliac region, ankle or knee.
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